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crazy. all religions, everything. it is allowed. you cannot be at the school, saying one religion is better than the other, but the first amendment allows all religions. gerri: let me read you one thing. sis says religious music should be part of the elementary program. -- should not be a part. i cannot read tonight. come on. >> i have to say i agree with her, and i will tell you why. this is an established principle and supreme court law. the establishment clause which basically separates church and state and looks at the purpose of the activity, whether it is encouraging or discouraging. let me finish. finally, when you basically have a program in that program is essentially is neutral which is what the district is doing, that does not mean that it violates the constitution. >> you cannot promote one religion or the other. >> if you have it in a classroom situation and they're is a cultural components, it is permissible. if it is an entertainment type situation where people are excluded, then it is going too far. >> they're not excluded. they are invited. gerri: something that i
establishment of religion. >> that clause coming into play when a court makes the ruling from a small town in new york. >>> joining us with details is father jonathan morris. >> good morning. >> tell us, this is a big case because it's gone to the supreme court. >> huge. >> it has major implications about religion in our country. >> it's huge. >> it comes from greece, new york. >> it does. the small town in upstate, new york, had a tradition of once a month there would be a pastor that would come in and lead the city council in prayer. usually it was a christian pastor because the local community is predominantly christian, but then a couple of people complained. they were non-theists. another term for an atheist who said we should also be able to have somebody represent us. keep in mind what is prayer? prayer is talking to god. why a theist would want be to do that i'm not exactly sure. but at the base -- at the core of this case is whether or not in a public place, like a courtroom, like, for example, before a football game in kansas someplace, whether or not in that public institution w
, national religion, but it did remind me that back when i was a judge, judges did not select the grand injure members. those were chosen by grand injure commission ergs. but the commissioners chose them for the grand jury. and there were defense attorneys that decided to attack the stem by claiming judges were by a disproportionate number, appointing too many anglos as grand jury foremen because that's what judges did. judges selected the informationman for the grand jury. did not select the members. but among the members, would choose who the foreman would be. and i was subpoenaed one time back then without the defense attorneys doing their homework and they intended to put me on the stand in their attack on a raceist grand jury foreman system and used that to establish that, gee, it was grossly unfair, disproportionately number of anglos were chosen. and before i testified, they did their homework and found out hat actually, it was a disproportionate appointment, if you only looked at race, i had ppointed proportionly more african-americans as informationmen of my grand jury than the
Search Results 0 to 8 of about 9 (some duplicates have been removed)